Two years after their reunion fizzled out, The Replacements’ sporadically used Twitter and Facebook accounts recently began teasing… well, something… by sharing photos of the band performing in 1986 — the most recent of which bore the caption “Coming soon.”
It began last Friday evening, with a black-and-white photo of the ‘Mats playing live that was shared on the band’s Facebook page with a caption that simply said “1986.” In the photo, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are turned away from the camera, and Bob Stinson is wearing a trenchcoat.
The same photo, seen above, was tweeted from @thereplacements the following day — the first tweet from the band’s account in more than a year (its Facebook page is used more frequently).
Then, in a 15-minute span on Thursday afternoon, another photo was shared by the band’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, this time a tighter shot of Westerberg and Bob Stinson, taken, judging by their matching wardrobe (that trenchcoat again), from the same show as the previous photo.
This time the caption said: “Coming soon…”
In an article about the mysterious release of a new Westerberg song earlier this week, Minneapolis Star-Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider noted the first of the two 1986 images shared via the ‘Mats social media channels, and speculated that, “It’s likely this is the first warning of news to come on a new — and long overdue — archive live recording series from the band.”
The hints also have not gone unnoticed by Replacements biographer Bob Mehr, who has retweeted both, commenting “The plot thickens…” after the most recent photo was shared.
Any release is certainly more likely to be something archival than new music, as Tommy Stinson has made it clear that recording sessions with Westerberg did not pan out (“I think Paul just doesn’t, I think his thing is he just doesn’t want to have to compete with the legacy,” he told our friends at the Rockin’ the Suburbs podcast of their half-hearted attempt to make a new Replacements album).
All of this speculation about a Replacements archival project comes as fellow Minneapolis legends Hüsker Dü are on the verge of something similar, with the Numero Group having spent months teasing a massive project involving the latter band — one that is expected to be announced in the near future.
The Replacements’ long dormant social media accounts both posted this image in the last 24 hours. In-ter-esting. https://t.co/tB4jFblxCp
— Bob Mehr (@BobMehr) July 8, 2017
And now this message from The Replacements’ official social media accounts. The plot thickens…https://t.co/riIULAiC5J
— Bob Mehr (@BobMehr) July 13, 2017
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